Paperback: 320pp

Published: Eye Books (April 2019)

ISBN: 9781785631153 

Cry from the Highest Mountain

Tess Burrows


20th anniversary edition

Foreword by HH the Dalai Lama

Introduction by Joanna Lumley

In 1999, driven by the desire to address the plight of the Tibetan nation, Tess Burrows decided to climb to the point furthest from the centre of the Earth to broadcast thousands of peace messages she had collected from people of all ages.

Gathering together a small expedition team, including Mig, a young Tibetan refugee who had never climbed a mountain before, Tess set off on her spiritual mountaineering mission. She recounts her inner and outer journeys, including the multiple synchronicities that seemed to validate her quest in mysterious ways.

For Tess, it becomes a struggle of body and mind, as she is symbolically compelled towards the highest point within herself.





‘This book embraces the spirit of compassion which we Tibetans value so highly. I hope readers may also be inspired to give their support and see their own way forward in love and respect for all beings’

HH the Dalai Lama

‘An enthralling journey of courage and endurance’

Joanna Lumley

‘A remarkable tale challenging us to go beyond our day to day thoughts’

Uri Geller

‘High adventure for climbers and non-climbers alike’

Doug Scott CBE




Tess Burrows

Tess Burrows is a peace activist, climbing instructor, healer, motivational speaker and grandmother.

After taking a degree in ecological science from Edinburgh University, she moved to Australia to grow trees. By the time she returned to the UK, she was the single mother of three young boys.

In 1990, she started adventuring in order to raise funds for projects close to her heart. Eight years later, with her partner Pete Hammond, she founded Climb For Tibet, to gather peace messages to declaim from high places. The charity has now raised more than £150,000, mainly for building schools in Tibet.

She is the author of three adventuring books – Cry From the Highest Mountain, Cold Hands Warm Heart and Touch the Sky – and two children’s stories, Soft Courage and Don’t Blame the Yeti, all published by Eye & Lightning Books.

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